The Living School: Brandon LaBelle

Berlin occupation by the stateless and the homeless, 2014.

Berlin occupation by the stateless and the homeless, 2014.

Brandon LaBelle, public performance, Copenhagen, 2015

Brandon LaBelle, public performance, Copenhagen, 2015.

Brandon LaBelle, public performance, Copenhagen, 2015.

Berlin occupation by the stateless and the homeless, 2014

Feb – Jun 2016

The Living School is a mobile event series organised by Brandon LaBelle which focuses on the issues of housing, common property, and the precarious subject. Given the tremendous unsettling of secure housing in London and elsewhere, questions about the right to public housing are pressing. Such questions equally force additional questions as to the politics of access, the constitution of community life, property as public good, as well as the power of the weak and strategies of resistance and renewal. The Living School is an open gathering for sharing and developing dialogue, and for advancing a critical, creative and embodied engagement with this current situation. 

Organised as four public sessions which take place in different locations across London (February–June 2016), the School will integrate invited presentations, interventions, and collective work, and is structured through methods of improvisation, experimental pedagogy, and self-organised criticality, in which particular topics, such as expulsion, poverty, and self-building, are considered. In particular, The Living School searches for ways to actualise an imaginative response – an emergency dwelling – for wondering aloud as to the future of public living.

 

PUBLIC SESSIONS PROGRAMME

The Living School: Expulsion
Sat 6 Feb 2016, 12-6PM, Peckham Liberal Club, £5/£3 conc

With Jane Rendell, Irit Rogoff, zURBS, and Brandon LaBelle.

The first session of The Living School, a mobile project on questions of living together, will focus on the theme of The Expelled, and will include presentations by Jane Rendell and Irit Rogoff. They will consider the question of expulsion, eviction and displacement, giving a broader view onto the systematic upheaval of people. For full details and to book tickets visit the event page here.

The Living School: Poverty
Sat 12 March 2016, £5/£3 conc, The Ivy House Pub, Nunhead
With Liz Allen, archivist at Toynbee Hall, Andrew Conio, lecturer University of Kent and Andrea Luka Zimmerman of Fugitive Images.

For this second session in the series, the school will concentrate on the topic of poverty. This will be traced through presentations on indebtedness and liquidity, the history of the settlement house movement, and homeless communities who sustain marginal living. Poverty will be brought forward not only as a scene of being without, but equally as the basis for forms of resistance and expressions of weak-strength. For full details and to book tickets visit the event page here. 

The Living School: Self-Built
Sat 7 May 2016, £5/£3 conc, Limehouse Town Hall
With Chris Jones, 56a archive 

Festival of gleaned materials, twist, then knot – will it stand? a relation to space, and the territory, in the gaps, cut, then thread, the needs and necessities, glass or metal, the thread, and the exchange of know-how, knowing and sharing, squatting, the construction and the making of this thing, a shelter, an assemblage: a force. For full details and to book tickets visit the event page here.

The Living School: Shared Space
Sat 11 Jun 2016, £5/£3 conc, Open School East

For this fourth and final session of The Living School, presentations and activities will circulate around the issue of shared space. How might we imagine spaces of inclusiveness or togetherness, especially those that may expand potential experiences of community life? Are there possibilities for enriching the dynamic qualities of the built environment in support of new social identities? And relations between strangers and neighbours? The session will aim to engage such questions while also performing as a space of coming together. For full details and to book tickets visit the event page here.

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer living in Berlin. His work addresses the relation between the public and the private, sociality and the figure of the outcast. This results in situational projects and performances, interventions in public spaces, acts of translation and archiving, as well as micro-theatre aimed at the sphere of the (un)common.

His work has been presented at Liquid Architecture, Melbourne (2015), Marrakech Biennial (2014), General Public, Berlin (2013), Whitney Museum, NY (2012), Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Instal 10, Glasgow (2010), Museums Quartier, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009), Casa Vecina, Mexico City (2008), Fear of the Known, Cape Town (2008), Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2003, 2007), Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, Brazil (2003, 2006, 2009), and ICC, Tokyo (2000).

Also a prolific writer, he is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and Professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.


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